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01Jul 2017

Round the Island 2017- Sealskinz Ultra Trail Series

1st-2nd July 2017, Cowes, Isle of Wight

70 miles, 2 days


Conquer the 70 mile Coast Path around the Isle of Wight on the Round the Island race! Run, walk or jog it. 




You can download the route .gpx file for your watches here Day 1, Day 2. Option for Garmin Users Day 1,  Day 2.
You can download the event detailed instructions above.


Course Records - Nathan Montague  09:11:20,  Jacqueline Palmer  11:23:22.
70 Miles
4 UTMB Points

Following the beautiful Isle of Wight Coast Path, our Round the Island multi-day ultra is inspired by the famous Round the Island Yacht Race that takes place on the same weekend. With up to 2000 yachts and their crews congregating in Cowes for the weekend, the Round the Island ultra guarantees a fantastic race weekend buzz, stunning views over the English Channel and to the mainland and a unique perspective on the Round the Island Yacht Race as the action unfolds offshore.

As with all of our events, everything is taken care of at the Round the Island challenge so you can focus on the experience! Overnight accommodation, evening meals, showers, breakfast, food and drink at checkpoints, free parking, and even inspiring guest speakers in the evenings are all included.

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The two days, fully supported including accommodation and all food is £140. Click to Book now >

The course has been classified as a qualifying race for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, with four qualifying points awarded to all finishing runners. It’s open to runners and walkers, and has been fully recced and mapped by Race Director Neil Thubron, himself a keen ultra runner and sailor.

We recommend that you join us on Friday night in Cowes, where you’ll have free time to stroll in the town, grab some food and soak up the atmosphere. Your first day of racing will bring you to the south side of the island, where we’ll be camping (bring your own tent)! Or choose to pay a small supplement for a bed in an ensuite chalet for a touch of mid-race luxury - (tell us who you want to share with at the time of booking). Showers are available at the campsite, and evening meals and breakfast are included in the package.

"Thank you so much for another amazing weekend of running. I have to admit Saturday was the toughest day of running for me yet, but the scenery was amazing and it just added to the sense of achievement at the end! Another fantastically organised, fun, friendly event - great route and I loved the camping- so i definitely hope to be back at this event again next year."
Round the Island Challenge competitor


Navigation and Support.
The Isle of Wight Coast Path is a National Trail with excellent markings in the form of signposts or post discs. In addition, you will be given a route card, designed to help on any tricky sections. The event is supported by a Course Manager to maintain event safety and to manage any serious incidents. A fully qualified medical crew are in attendance, to give first aid and to manage any serious medical problems in cooperation with the emergency services. 

Shared accommodation with showers will be provided in Cowes Enterprise College for multi-day competitors on the Friday, and there are camping and chalet options for the Saturday. All accommodation is included in the full price. 

What’s included

  • Overnight accommodation in a college hall on the Friday 
  • Overnight accommodation is camping or chalet on the Saturday 
  • Evening meal and breakfast for overnights
  • Checkpoint food and water throughout the event
  • Free tea, coffee and cake for all competitors at the finish area each day
  • Transportation to and from Redjet Ferry Terminal
  • Unwanted Kit transported from start to finish each day.
  • Quality Medal awarded to each finisher
  • A quality technical T Shirt for all who take part
  • Toilets / changing facilities at the start / finish areas (plus great showers at the finish)
  • Safety & medical cover throughout the event
  • Prizes awarded for several different categories

Cost options
Please note the entry price for the full event (including all food and accommodation) will differ as below:
Early bird price up to the end of 2016 is £135 per head
Standard pricing from 1st January 2017 is £145 per head
Late entry pricing from 1st June 2017 is £160 per head
There is the option of entering a single day at £58 per day.
Optional overnight accommodation on Friday is £20 (no food, accommodation only) per head for those opting to do a single day.
Optional overnight accommodation on Saturday is £30 per head for those opting to do a single day.
A bed in a Chalet is £24 PP, these are limited so book early.
* Please Note: A 3% service charge, levied by this registration software, will be added to your final amount

The Ferry: Red Funnel Ferries operate between Southampton and East Cowes. Book in advance (on-line or by phone) 
Ferry option - Southampton <> West Cowes, Isle of Wight
The Red Jet Hi-Speed ferry service operates half-hourly between Southampton Town Quay and West Cowes, Isle of Wight. The catamarans carry foot-passengers only, and the crossing takes about 23 mins. Our Minibus picks up from Red Jet terminal only.
Period return £26. (2015 prices)
Ferry option - Southampton <> East Cowes, Isle of Wight
The Red Funnel Car Ferry service operates an hourly crossing between Southampton and East Cowes, Isle of Wight. Car plus four passengers = £60. Individual return £18. (2015 prices)


15% discount for car ferry for XNRG competitors!
We have a special deal for the car ferry between Southampton and East Cowes, valid from 30/6 to 05/07.
To get your 15% off, enter IOWHM2017 online or simply quote when making a booking. Please note this does not apply to the RedJet.

Transfers: Free transfers will be provided from the ferry terminal on Friday evening, returning to the ferry terminal on Sunday evening.
If you plan to arrive on Saturday morning, no transfer will be needed - just ensure that you are at the start point on the East side of the floating bridge in time for your briefing.
If you require free transfers, please inform us at the time of booking

By train: Integrated ticketing. Did you know that both East Cowes and West Cowes are part of the national rail network? This means you can buy a single, day return or period return fare from any train station ticket office, rail appointed travel agent, self-service ticket machine or train company telesales service which includes ferry travel between Southampton & East Cowes or Southampton & West Cowes. Free bus from Southampton Central to Ferry terminals.
Southampton Central is a busy station hub with services provided by South West Trains, First Great Western, Cross Country and Southern. City Link, a free shuttle bus operates every 15 minutes between the station and Red Funnel's ferry terminals on Town Quay. Approximate journey time: 10 minutes.

South West Trains operate frequent services on the line between Weymouth and London Waterloo (Clapham Jct, Woking, Basingstoke, Winchester, Southampton Airport, Southampton Central, Bournemouth Poole, Weymouth). Approximate journey time between Southampton Central and London Waterloo is 75 minutes.

Cross Country Trains operate between Scotland, the North, Midlands and Birmingham; First Great Western run from South Wales through Bristol and Salisbury; Southern provide services to Portsmouth and Brighton.

By car:
Parking in Southampton is very expensive e.g. £35 for the weekend. Parking a car with 4 occupants and return fares on Red Jet = £100 Compare that with £59 for car plus 4 and free parking on the Island.

Handy Downloads

  • You can download the route .gpx file for your watches here Day 1, Day 2.
  • You can download the event detailed instructions above.

Would your friends or family like to volunteer if they are coming along to support you? Or do you know anyone who would like to make the magic of this event happen? All volunteers get free race entry the following year, food, accomodation and a free buff. To register, click here.

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